Notes: The Toyota Matrix is the mechanical twin of the Pontiac Vibe.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,382 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Toyota Matrix transmission problems

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 222009


  • Manual transmission
  • 105,842 miles


About 10:00 pm when I was just pulling on to I-84 in downtown hartford, ct the manual transmission of my Toyota Matrix made a very loud grinding sound and I could not move. Thankfully, my momentum enabled me to get over to the side of the highway but I was still sticking out into the right lane just around a curve in the road. A state police trouper pulled behind me almost immediately and put on his lights to warn cars away. Otherwise, I am certain my car would have been rear-ended while I waited for the tow truck. The repair shop I had the car towed to said that a bearing had failed and destroyed the transmission. I had to get a completely new transmission at a cost of over $2000. This car had over 105,000 miles on it, but they were mostly highway miles and the transmission should never have failed this early.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 052010


  • 45,556 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Matrix xrs 6 speed manual transmission. I purchased the car new and have serviced the car with the dealership from day one. Today I brought it in for its 45000 mile service and told them to check the clutch because we noticed it sticking/slipping in 5th gear. Turns out I need to replace the clutch at a cost of $1200 even though I have their platinum service/extended warranty plan. I haven't even worn out the brakes and I have to replace the clutch!!!! I am a 46 year old mother and have driven several cars with a manual transmission and never had to replace a clutch with such low mileage. I read on edmunds car space about this and it said to come to your website to document this.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009


  • 82,575 miles
Bearing going in 2006 Toyota Matrix 5 speed manual transmission.

- Owen Sound, 00, USA

problem #1

Jun 252008


  • 35,557 miles
Clutch had to be replaced at 35,557 miles.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

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